Retention Policy for Archived Backups

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    For archived backups, Veeam Backup for AWS retains restore points for the number of days defined in backup scheduling settings.

    To track and remove outdated restore points from an archive backup chain, Veeam Backup for AWS performs the following actions once a day:

    1. Veeam Backup for AWS checks the configuration database to detect archive backup repositories that contain outdated restore points.
    2. If an outdated restore point exists in a archive backup repository,  Veeam Backup for AWS performs the following operations:
    1. If the total size of backup files that must be deleted is more than 1 TB, launches a worker instance in an AWS Region where the backup repository is located to process a retention task. Otherwise, Veeam Backup for AWS processes the task on the backup appliance.

    By default, Veeam Backup for AWS uses the default network settings of AWS Regions to launch worker instances. However, you can add specific worker configurations. For more information on worker instances, see Managing Worker Instances.

    1. Transforms the archive backup chain in the following way:
    1. Veeam Backup for AWS rebuilds the full archive backup file to include there data of the incremental archive backup file that follows the full archive backup file. To do that, Veeam Backup for AWS injects into the full archive backup file data blocks from the earliest incremental archive backup file in the chain. This way, the full archive backup ‘moves’ forward in the archive backup chain.

    Retention Policy for Archived Backups 

    1. Veeam Backup for AWS removes the earliest incremental archive backup file from the chain as redundant — this data has already been injected into the full archive backup file.

    Retention Policy for Archived Backups 

    1. Veeam Backup for AWS repeats step 2 for all other outdated restore points found in the archive backup chain until all the restore points are removed. As data from multiple restore points is injected into the rebuilt full archive backup file, Veeam Backup for AWS ensures that the archive backup chain is not broken and that you will be able to recover your data when needed.

     

    Retention Policy for Archived Backups 

    1. If the worker instance was launched, Veeam Backup for AWS removes this worker instance from Amazon EC2 when the retention session completes.

    Note

    Mind the following:

    • Veeam Backup for AWS can process maximum 5 retention tasks at a time. If the number of retention tasks that must be processed on the backup appliance is more than the specified limit, the tasks exceeding this limit are queued.
    • Each worker instance can process only one retention task at a time. Veeam Backup for AWS simultaneously can launch maximum 5 worker instances that process retention tasks. If the number of retention tasks that must be processed on worker instances is more than the specified limit, the tasks exceeding this limit are queued.